Storms and Hurricanes

One Week After Ida, Damage, Death Tolls from Hurricane Ida Continue to Mount

One Week After Ida, Damage, Death Tolls from Hurricane Ida Continue to Mount

Nearly one week after Hurricane Ida first made landfall, states as far apart as New York and Louisiana are still grappling with the aftermath.
Ida’s initial blow, accompanied by sustained winds of 150 mph (245 km/h), struck Louisiana on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, but it saved its most destructive strike for its finale, triggering historic flooding, destructive winds, and tornadoes in the Northeast.
Central Park saw a record 3.15” (8 …

‘Do Not Venture Out’: Ida Pummels New York City Area, Triggers First-Ever Flash Flood Alert

‘Do Not Venture Out’: Ida Pummels New York City Area, Triggers First-Ever Flash Flood Alert

What was once Hurricane Ida charged into the New York City area and unloaded an historic deluge. Ida’s remnants triggered the  first-ever ‘flash flood emergency’ in New York City as well as states of emergency in New Jersey. Central Park received 3.15” of precipitation in a single hour, the most on record.
The storm brought the city’s subway service to a halt, left hundreds if not thousands of cars stranded on …

‘Extremely Dangerous’ Hurricane Ida Makes Landfall Near New Orleans as Category 4 Storm

‘Extremely Dangerous’ Hurricane Ida Makes Landfall Near New Orleans as Category 4 Storm

Ida made landfall at 11:55 a.m. local time near Port Fourchon, about 98 miles (158 kilometers) south of New Orleans, as an “extremely dangerous” hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph (255 km/h) and a minimum central atmospheric pressure of 27.46” (930 mb).
The storm brought pounding rain, highly dangerous winds, and possibly catastrophic sea surges
Hurricane Ida tied Hurricane Laura of 2020 and the Last Island Hurricane of 1856 as …

Tropical Storm Henri Makes Landfall in Rhode Island After Record Rainfall in New York

Tropical Storm Henri Makes Landfall in Rhode Island After Record Rainfall in New York

Tropical Storm Henri made landfall Sunday afternoon near Westerly, while simultaneously subjecting the Northeast to high winds, dangerous storm surge, and record-breaking rainfall.
The National Hurricane Center downgraded the storm earlier on Sunday from a Category 1 hurricane.  Henri then proceeded to hit the coast of Rhode Island at 12:15 EDT with sustained winds of 60 mph (96 km/h).
The storm’s tropical-force winds extend up to 125 miles (201 miles) and it …

States of Emergency, Evacuation Orders in Force in N.Y., Connecticut, Rhode Island as Henri Bears Down

States of Emergency, Evacuation Orders in Force in N.Y., Connecticut, Rhode Island as Henri Bears Down

As Hurricane Henri made its way to a landfall in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for New York City, Long Island, and numerous counties on the mainland, a move echoed by Governors Ned Lamont and Daniel McKee in Connecticut and Rhode Island, respectively.
“New Yorkers are no strangers to the damage that is possible after dealing with a hurricane – we experienced it with Superstorm Sandy …

Henri, Now a Hurricane, Takes Aim at Long Island and New England

Henri, Now a Hurricane, Takes Aim at Long Island and New England

Hurricane Henri, which strengthened from a tropical storm late Saturday morning, is barreling up the Atlantic towards New York and southern New England, bringing with it heavy rain, damaging winds, and dangerous storm surges and flooding.
“Henri  has strengthened to a hurricane and is headed for Long Island and southern New England,” the National Hurricane Center said shortly after 11 a.m. EDT.
The storm is currently expected to make landfall on Long …

Spirit Flight Cancellation Debacle Cost Airline $50 Million

Spirit Flight Cancellation Debacle Cost Airline $50 Million

Spirit Airlines said Monday that the service meltdown that led to the cancelation of more than 2,800 flights over an 11-day period cost the carrier about $50 million in lost revenue.
The cancellations began in late July amidst a variety of factors that included extreme weather in the Dallas area.  Other carriers including American Airlines and Southwest Airlines faced several days of cancellations but none experienced anything along the lines of …